(August 4, 2011) When Chris Hemeyer decided he was ready to move from minor league baseball play-by-play to collegiate sports, he didn’t have to look far for his opportunity. An STAA client, Hemeyer has been hired as Director of Broadcasting at NCAA Division I Campbell University.
Hemeyer moves to Buies Creek, NC from down the road in Kinston where he has spent the past six seasons as Director of Broadcasting with the Class-A Kinston Indians. At Campbell, Hemeyer replaces fellow STAA client Robert Harper who recently accepted a similar position at the University of North Florida.
“I’ve been in North Carolina for 10 years now,” Hemeyer says. “Its home for me and now I get to stay in the state I love.”
Hemeyer learned of the Campbell opening through STAA.
“The first hint I got of it was in an email from STAA,” he says. “I’ve been a premier client with STAA forever. Those stealth job opportunities come right into my inbox and that’s when I first heard about the job.”
Hemeyer has been an STAA client since July 2007.
“STAA has always been there to answer any questions that I have. I appreciate everything so much in this long journey,” he says.
This isn’t Hemeyer’s first college Division I broadcasting experience. In recent years, he has been the voice of East Carolina University baseball and been a regular fill-in on Pirates men’s basketball. Now, Hemeyer looks forward to being a full-time employee of a university.
“I grew up in a college town and have been around college athletics all my life,” he says. “And the recent work I’ve done with ECU has brought that hunger back to be part of a university.
“The [Campbell] job looked good on paper, but once I went down there and met everybody it was unbelievable. It is truly a family atmosphere, from the coaches to the sports information department. It feels like home.”
Hemeyer’s advice to others in the job market is do not give up. “Look for anything you can in your area to get more experience in broadcasting,” he suggests. “I slowly built my resume by taking advantage of other options and being a fill-in. That allows you to get your name out there and get to know people. Networking is very important.”
(Visit Chris’s STAA Talent Page.)